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News roundup: Union lose, Steel win, and NWSL returns

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Philadelphia Union

The Union fell to the league’s uncompromising narrative, giving Ibrahimovic a goal and penalty kick of dubious credibility, eventually losing 2-0 to the LA Galaxy.

Auston Trusty received a second yellow card during the game, meaning next Saturday against Montreal will be the first game he has missed since becoming a Union starter.

Local, Los Angeles, and national coverage of the game.

Local

The Charleston Battery came up to Chester and never saw the lead thanks to a brace from Kacper Przybyłko and a converted penalty from … Fabinho?! Steel win 3-1.

The first round of the 2019 US Open Cup has been announced, with matches of local interest including FC Baltimore (née Christos) vs. West Chester United (née Predators) on May 7, and Reading United vs. Lone Star FC on May 8. ESPN+ subscribers should be able to watch these, and every US Open Cup game, on the service.

MLS

The Vancouver Whitecaps and Canadian Soccer are facing allegations that they failed to protect youth players from abuse and inappropriate behavior from coaches.

Chris Wondolowski has been benched, bringing about the possibility that he may not meet and break Landon Donovan’s MLS goal-scoring record.

Controversy continues in Chicago around the rumors of an all-encompassing rebrand.

New renderings of Miami’s planned soccer specific stadium.

Sean Johnson will probably be spending most of his spare time from now on thinking about this gaffe.

Portland’s bad start continued, with a little help from Ryan Hollingshead’s hand.

Say what you like about Phang, but at least the Union put some effort into their mascot.

Real Salt Lake snapped their losing streak by beating Orlando City 2-1.

Despite good performances by Jozy Altidore and Alejandro Pozuelo, the Sounders beat TFC 3-2 in Seattle.

NWSL

Sky Blue FC started the 2019 season with more bad news, losing to the Washington Spirit.

In an MLS-sister-team showdown, the Thorns beat the Pride 2-0.

Australia’s Sam Kerr and the US’s Crystal Dunn each scored to end the NC Courage-Chicago Red Stars game 1-1.

Canada’s Nichelle Prince scored early for Houston, but Darian Jenkins solidified her move to Seattle to equalize int he second half. Reign 1-1 Dash.

US Soccer

Gregg Berhalter wants you to know that Josh Sargent is with the U23s so he can get playing time, not because he’s not ready for the senior team.

Red or green, Tim Weah looks good in stripes.

Fox will have Landon Donovan, Mo Edu, Fernando Fiore, and Bruce Arena in-studio for this summer’s Gold Cup coverage.

World

Chelsea creeped on social media to help the English FA find underaged, unsigned players at twenty different clubs.

The manager of Wythenshawe Town FC has been suspended for taking his players off the field and abandoning the game after an assistant referee allegedly made racist comments about one of his team’s black players.

There’s probably no such thing as a good QR Code tattoo, but this is unquestionably one of the worst.

Former USMNT player and Red Bull New York coach Jesse Marsch has been named the new head coach for Red Bull Salzburg.

Meanwhile, in Austin

13 Comments

  1. I’d like to see Kacper get a run with the boys in blue. Seven games in and I’m asking why not? Honestly thought we’d see him in LA after Curtin talked him up in last week’s presser.

    • Came off after 70 Saturday night. Probably needs more USL minutes for fitness, but you are absolutely correct that he took two goal opportunities that simply had to be taken. The sad part is that the easiest chance of all, about the 47th minute or thereabouts he headed over the bar. Coulda had a hat trick.

      • Isn’t Kacper the Union player on a season long loan to Steel for roster compliance?
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        I can’t recall if that means he can only be called back to the first team under “extreme hardship” or what other roster moves would be needed.
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        It seems the existing strategy was to loan him for the season then rotate short term loans with other international players as needed week to week.

  2. Anyone see Kaku’s shot into the stands getting him a red card? Thought it was worse than Cantona’s kong-fu kick years ago. Kaku should be suspended for months.
    https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019/04/14/ny-red-bulls-kaku-apologizes-actions-led-red-card-vs-sporting
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    Glad I went to sleep early on Saturday. 3 min highlights on the MLS app were enough for me.

    • Saw that. Similar to a stunt Messi pulled against Madrid in 2011. Blasted the ball into the stands — quite on purpose — drilling a fan in the head. A real stupid move on Kaku’s part.

    • Another one leaves the nest. Marisa Pilla moves up from local Union broadcast to FS1 last night for the NYRB v SKC game. Must be something in the press booth water.

    • el Pachyderm says:

      what was wrong with Cantona’s kung fu kick?
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      people, fans and players alike have had to learn the hard way —not to fuck with Frenchmen.
      .“When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.”

  3. el Pachyderm says:

    “penalty kick of dubious credibility”… such homerism.
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    Wagner undercuts him. Has the author of said article been listening to Tommy Smith a bit too much.
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    As for the first goal… whatever. He’s one of the greatest strikers ever almost 6 1/2 feet tall 200 lbs. Trusty got used.

    • Andy Muenz says:

      Wagner undercut him after he pushed off on Trusty. It was clearly a close enough question that the VAR suggested that the on field ref take a second look.
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      To me the real question is whether Cory Burke would have been called for a foul on either play if he was the one heading the ball at the other end.

    • I hate the “MLS has it in for us” narrative.
      it’s silly to think they even care.

      • Andy Muenz says:

        I’m not saying they have it in for us. I don’t think anyone else on LA gets the same call on the PK. I think refs have a tendency to give guys like Zlatan and Rooney the benefit of the calls just like Jordan used to get in the NBA.

    • I don’t think it’s MLS favoritism, but I still think it was a crap call. And the VAR review…. which probably would normally be a disadvantage to LA if Zlatan were a human being who ever felt pressure…. was something else, though long video reviews just set me off in general.

      I think Zlatan’s shove off of Trusty for the first goal might have been called a foul, though the more I watch it, his hands on the back look less a lift off than just the point at which he clatters into the center back.

  4. Congrats to Marsh.
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    Ultimately a very smart career move leaving a successful head coaching gig in MLS to become an assistant/apprentice at a top-four Bundesliga team.
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    Opened the door for him in Europe as a head coach with, importantly, a situation in which he can succeed (unlike Bradley’s “chance” at Swansea).

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